condensation prevention and controlHow to cope with condensation

Stafna Chapman, owner of Curedamp Ltd, a firm specialising in Barnsley damp proofing services provides professional guidance and observations on the cuases of condensation in old houses and how to avoid them

Condensation is distinct from other types of dampness, such as rain penetration and rising damp. It’s water released when air is cooled to its dewpoint temperature and unable to carry so much moisture as vapour – the opposite process to evaporation.

This could occur indoors when warm, damp air comes into contact with colder building components. It may lead to mould and timber decay. However, a few simple measures may successfully reinstate the delicate moisture balance in old properties to stop condensation.

What causes condensation?

Condensation can occur when more moisture is produced – typically from cooking or washing. Insufficient ventilation is a second cause, for example, because of double-glazing, blocking of flues and air bricks, or erroneous installation of roofing underlay.

Condensation happens largely in winter and might first be noticed when water droplets form on hard surfaces, or mould appears on absorbent finishes.

What is known as ‘interstitial’ condensation occurs inside building materials and elements. For instance, if a wall is covered with an impermeable barrier or renders that doesn’t allow moisture to move through the wall naturally.

How to stop condensation

In household buildings, simple change in lifestyle which lower humidity and/or keep surface temperatures above dewpoint typically provide a more practical and inexpensive long-term solution than dehumidifiers or whole-house ventilation systems.

Generate less moisture

Place lids on pans when cooking
Dry clothes out-of-doors
Close bathroom and kitchen doors when in use
Vent tumble driers to the outside if not of the condenser type

Improving ventilation

Open windows and avoid draughtproofing those in bathrooms and kitchens.
Ensure that lofts, floor voids and redundant chimneys are well ventilated and stay away from foam treatments on the underside of rooftops which can cause lumber decay.

Increased heating can maintain surfaces above dewpoint, particularly when run continuously at a low-level instead of intermittently. Lagging cold pipes may prevent surface condensation, as can enhanced insulation levels.

The video below from Wise Property Care explains in detail the causes of and prevention of condensation:


home security adviceSome individuals avoid taking security measures since they believe nothing can stop a determined intruder from gaining entry, or they think that they usually do not own anything truly worth taking. Nevertheless, on most occasions burglars don’t break into a building because they know certain merchandise is inside, but rather because the building is not hard to enter. Unless a building has been targeted by a highly specialist criminal, simple and inexpensive procedures can be taken to greatly reduce the risk of an unlawful break-in. Nearly everybody owns something a burglar will consider worth thieving.

However, protection of property is not the only basis for taking security measures, danger to people inside the building is an ever greater thing to consider. If someone is inside a building when a burglary takes place, they might be attacked or even killed. And in many cases burglars cause a lot of damage to a property.

The subsequent security tips are helpful as basic pointers, more information can be found at Locksmart Security, a locksmith based in Bolton ( North West). You can check their facebook page which offers great security advice for Uk homeowners.

Security Tips and Tricks

Avoid leaving labelled packaging for high priced purchases, like TVs or personal computers by bins outside your home. This advertises the property which you have in your home, so these must be hidden from view.

When you’re going away on holiday or for several days, set your hall or landing lights to switch on automatically at night by using a timer. Thus giving the appearance that the house has not been left empty.

If you live on a ground floor or your windows are easily accessible, consider having an unobtrusive window grille installed for increased security.

Always ensure that your doors and windows are locked when leaving your property. The keys must be kept out of view and away from letterboxes, which a thief may potentially use to reach them.

If you home or workplace contains valuable items, it is worth buying a safe to secure them. These days, safes can be bought in plenty of different sizes and will suit all budgets.

As with other doors – keep your garage door shut and secured when you are not using it with a garage doors lock.

Invest in exterior lights such as an LED floodlight so that trespassers will be startled and very easily seen by your neighbours. This should be positioned near your front or back door.

Finally – never write your name and address on your keyring. If your keys are lost or stolen, this tells a possible burglar precisely where the key can be used.

More information on home security.


scaffold systemsYou will find a surprising range of scaffolding kinds which can be used in construction and for other applications. The general principle of a scaffolding construction, whether it’s a static, rolling, or other type of construction, remains to be the same – to provide a platform for people and materials while work develops.

Generally seen in building and roofing projects projects, scaffolding structures and other constructs can be used for a variety of purposes not least by roofers in Darlington and throughout the UK, credits to Rated Roofing of Darlington for their useful website. It is common to see scaffolding being used for repairs, to access high objects, for window cleaning large buildings, and more. Choosing the best fitting form of scaffold structure is a crucial stage in the project that you’re undertaking. Below is some useful information about various forms of scaffolding for construction projects.

Supported Scaffolding

This is the most frequently used form of scaffolding and is the kind you’ll see being used in development work and on a lot of kinds of work where elevation is needed. Additional support may be needed if the scaffolding will be long or needed to take a large amount of weight.

Suspended Scaffolding

Suspended scaffolding is often suspended from a roof or other tall construct. It is usually used when it is not possible to develop a base, or where access to upper levels may be required, and the building of scaffolding from floor to the required level could be unrealistic.

This kind of scaffolding is typically used by window cleaners on tall buildings, but can also be seen where repairs are needed to the outside of upper levels of similarly large buildings. Supported scaffolding is generally preferred where possible.

Rolling Scaffolding

Rolling scaffolding is a similar kind of build to supported scaffolding, but rather than offering up a stable base, it uses castor style wheels that enable the base to be relocated. This is a useful form of scaffolding if you want to complete work over a longer distance than a single scaffolding assembly would allow.

Aerial Lifts

Aerial lifts should be used where workers should be able to access several levels to be able to develop a construction. As an example, if building work is being carried out externally a multi-storey property and both workers and materials will be required to work outside two or more floors, at different times, then an aerial lift can make it easier and safer to lift even large amounts of material, and multiple workers to the levels needed.


What is planning permission?

Construction of new buildings and extensive changes to current buildings ordinarily requires consent from the local planning authority in the form of planning permission. This planning system is designed to deal with inappropriate development.

When do I need planning permission?

Anything that involves the creation of a new house, either by building from scratch or a subdivision, needs planning permission. Adding outbuildings or building extensions demands planning permission depending on the size of the project and the level of Permitted Development rights afforded to or still remaining on a property.

What exactly are Permitted Development Rights?

The concept of Permitted Development was announced at the very starting point of our planning system – in the Town and Planning Act on 1st July 1948 – and permits minor improvements, such as transforming a loft or modest extensions to your property, to be tackled without clogging up the planning system. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland each benefit from their own version of these policies.

The amount of work that can be executed under Permitted Development depends on a a number of factors including location (Areas of Natural Beauty and Conservation Areas have different rules), and the degree of work already conducted on a property

Do I Need a Planning Consultant?

A lot of people will appoint a planning consultant before they even buy a plot, to work out the potential for a development. This could save you thousands of pounds on the purchase of a project that ends up not to be doable.

Planning consultants in London and throughout the UK have full knowledge of the ever-changing planning policies that any task will be controlled by. So, whether you are extending, redesigning or building a new home, their help can be essential – particularly if your project is in an area of which carries restrictions such as a Conservation Area or AONB.

how long does planning permission takeHow long does is take to get planning permission?

Once your application has been sent in, the planning department will check that all of the information it needs has been received together with the correct fee. Local authorities work to determine planning applications within 10 to 12 weeks of registration, and nearly all straightforward householder applications will be addressed in this timeframe.

A sign is posted outside the address concerning the proposed development and any neighbours likely to be affected are written to and invited to look at the plans and to comment. This is known as the public consultation process and it takes three to eight weeks. The authority will make statutory consultations to the local Highways department, and where necessary the Environment Agency as well as others.

The video below may prove useful if your currently in the process of obtaining planing permission